22 Jan 2009

Federer sets up clash with Safin at Australian Open

6:50 am on 22 January 2009

Roger Federer has set up a third round clash with fellow former world tennis number one Marat Safin at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The second-seeded Swiss crushed Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-2 6-3 6-1 in just 87 minutes, while Safin outclassed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 6-2 6-2 in his second-round match.

The Russian beat Federer in an epic semi-final at Melbourne Park in 2005 before going on to beat Lleyton Hewitt in the final to land his second grand slam title.

2009 is Safin's last season on the tour.

Other top men's seeds through to the third round are Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the American Andy Roddick and Jaun Martin Del Potro of Argentina.

In the women's section, the world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia is through to the thir3_news.sport.prep

d round, as are compatriot Ana Ivanovic and the Russian Dinara Safina.


An unheralded Taiwanese player has caused the biggest upset of the Open to date.

Yen-Hsun Lu has beaten the Argentinian 10th seed David Nalbandian in five sets.

Nalbandian is regarded as one of the best players never to have won a grand slam title.